Hell In A Bucket-> Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Queen Jane Approximately, To Lay Me Down-> Let It Grow Playin' In The Band-> Crazy Fingers-> Samson & Delilah-> Playin' In The Band Reprise-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: The Mighty Quinn
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadDate December 29, 1988Venue Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumLocation Oakland, CASource Ultra-Matrix DSBD>DAT>CDR>EAC>HD>SHN
January 15, 2009
Not a huge fan of some of the ultra matrix's but this one would be ok if not for an annoying hum throughout. Really nice show with great Jerry-Brent interplay in the first set. Especially like the Hell> Sugaree opener and the rest of the first set doesn't suck either. Actually and oddly the only song that isn't top notch here is Queen Jane which is a song they just nailed most other nights around this time. Second set starts off rather pedestrian but well played mostly however Sampson is a High Point with Brent Seriously taking a whack at tearing the building down and if Jerry had joined him just may have done so. Anyway Jerry wisely holds back and lets it rip during this preview of things to come in 89 Eyes which is again above the 88 norm. Interesting Drums not so for Space but the longish Other One intro is nice except for the annoying hum in this recording that is really apparent during this section. Otherwise a very cool Other One overall. Stella Blue is actually another weak point and that hum isn't helping. Throwing Stones>NFA however recovers things a bit but the hum is present throughout. Nice Strong Quinn encore also.
Overall 3 stars for sound 4 for the show.
April 28, 2008
I remember these shows being really solid, but perhaps I'd forgotten just how good they were because the 31st dominates my memory (see my review of that show too). Listen to the first set - this show is perfectly played. Seriously. Listen to Jerry's voice on To Lay Me Down and tell me you've heard it any better in the 80s. Brent is all over the place in a sick, but not obtrusive, way. Song selection is great. Everything is just completely on. Let it Grow has some fantastic interplay between Jerry and Brent. The Playin jam is uncluttered and features more strong interplay between Jerry and Brent. It flows really nicely into a beautiful Crazy Fingers. Brent brings the chills-up-the-spine on Sampson. Really sweet post-Sampson jam that breathes really nicely while riding the fence between Eyes and Playing and then finally dives into Eyes. The Eyes has an unrushed pace to it as well and is up there among the best of 88 in my opinion. Post-space is unoriginal in song selection, but well-played with solid energy.
January 18, 2008
Was at all four of these New Year's shows and while there's many standout memories in my 20 something years as a d-head, the second set's Playing>Crazy Fingers>Sampson>jam>Eyes is something I'll remember always....like it was just yesterday.
Need a smile? Listen to the second set right now.
If you haven't checked out the Healy SBD from the night before, that's your next stop!